1096 Sympathy for the Devil




Fifty nine years ago today, on July 12, 1962 the Rolling Stones played their first concert at the Marquee Club in London. I caught up with them a couple of years later ... my story goes like this: THE ROLLING STONES





One of my favourite songs is the 1968 Sympathy For The Devil ... you have to watch it on YouTube - they won't allow to share the video - but stay with the words here (incredible that Brian Jones has such a low-key role in the video ... and spot a grooving John Lennon in the audience, at 4:53 minutes, and again at the end, with Yoko Ono; I think I also spotted Pete Townshend, from The Who.) Well, I just love live recordings of songs ... indeed, this is music at its very best.


The Rolling Stones


Please allow me to introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste
I've been around for a long, long years
Stole million man's soul an faith


And I was 'round when Jesus Christ
Had his moment of doubt and pain
Made damn sure that Pilate
Washed his hands and sealed his fate


Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game


Stuck around St. Petersburg
When I saw it was a time for a change
Killed Tsar and his ministers
Anastasia screamed in vain


I rode a tank
Held a general's rank
When the blitzkrieg raged
And the bodies stank


Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name, oh yeah
Ah, what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game, oh yeah


I watched with glee
While your kings and queens
Fought for ten decades
For the gods they made


I shouted out
Who killed the Kennedys?
When after all
It was you and me


Let me please introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste
And I laid traps for troubadours
Who get killed before they reached Bombay


Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game, oh yeah, get down, baby


Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah
But what's confusing you
Is just the nature of my game


Just as every cop is a criminal
And all the sinners saints
As heads is tails
Just call me Lucifer
'Cause I'm in need of some restraint

So if you meet me
Have some courtesy
Have some sympathy, and some taste
Use all your well-learned politnesse
Or I'll lay your soul to waste, mm yeah


Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name, mm yeah
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game,

mm mean it, get down with it


Woo, who
Oh yeah, get on down
Oh yeah
Aah yeah

Tell me baby, what's my name?
Tell me honey, can ya guess my name?
Tell me baby, what's my name?
I tell you one time, you're to blame

What's my name
Tell me, baby, what's my name?
Tell me, sweetie, what's my name?


Songwriters: Mick Jagger / Keith Richards


































 

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